Everyday in our normal working lives we are faced with many opportunities to work on our spiritual development, but we usually waste it on unproductive mind chatter. Why not put this time to good use, it really doesn’t matter how little time it is, because in establishing a new mental pattern it all begins with these wasted moments. Why let the mind control you and take you to places that don’t have any meaning, and may eventually add to the weight on your back. When we take a close look at our internal dialogue, beyond our normal reactions, most of it is complete gibberish, and this technique can turn your life around and cultivate stability. You can work on these moments to advance yourself spiritually, strengthen the mind and concentration, and you don’t have to give up anything.
No matter how busy our day is we experience down time and gaps in-between places, which can become mentally and spiritually productive. If you can text message or check email you will have the time to check in for a peaceful pause. So many times we are caught between appointments and destinations, and it seems like a big part of life is wasting time, but most of the time we fill it up with mental gossip, desires and worries.
With practice these pauses can also be done with the eyes open, whether in front of the computer, TV, reading a paper or any number of ways. I was able to find many ways throughout the day, and everyone thinks you’re caught up in the mind, reading, or just relaxing in waiting rooms, for there is no need of posture. When it’s down time anyways why not do it? There is no need to be obvious, keep it hidden, under the radar and you’ll find a place to escape to at any time, and a series of pauses can help you regulate your emotions. It’ll give you a calm foundation throughout the hectic day, and give you a sense of peace in trying moments. It is important not to let the spiritual path mix with the ego’s need for attention, thus creating a spiritual ego which is counterproductive to spirituality and self-realization.
A lot of techniques involve staying in the moment which is good meditation, however this is giving up on the external sensory moment altogether. The “living in the moment” needs the world as a participant, an object of observation and this is the next step up or in, by observing the body energies and forgetting about the world for a moment. You’re unplugging from the mind, and standing back within, withdrawing your attention away to observe or focus on the internal energies, thereby being in the moment with that energy. You will notice different types of currents and sensations. It will depend on what you’re involved with at the time, but by withdrawing back you’re defusing the situation. Now the over stimulated areas have lost their concentration of energy, and the energy is left to flounder aimlessly, dissipating slowly without direction resulting in a spreading action. You can perceive all this and different kinds of wavy currents, heart rate, blood flow and heat changes. I actually enjoy checking out to check in with that life-force whenever I can.
It’s like a short detour, I’ll try to explain it with an example of what it is like. But first, we’re using meditation techniques of Nisarga Yoga and self-realization meditations, but in short periods. It’s good to start with these pauses, because sitting for long periods of time in a thoughtless manner is hard to master, so you work up to more time. When you are in the background observing the current the mind ceases, but when your involved in thought your back to the foreground and the world. It’s a change in direction with your attention and focus, by falling back to the rear position before the energy you can sit and watch.
Now a visual example of what it’s like, which is similar to this withdrawing of attention. When you’re reading this script your focus is out in front of you on the words, and the periphery environment your in is out of focus. With the screen in the front of you, sit back and pan out periphery and focus in on the room. The writing is out of focus or unreadable, because when you diverted your attention back the energy spreads out on a wide angle. You can’t read this and see the room at the same time, its either focusing on the room or the script, which is either the body energy or the mind. The screen is the mind and the body energy is the room, and you do it not with the eyes but behind closed eyes. You do it with your attention retreating, pulling back the control thus regulating the minds control.
Try it, it’ll give you something to do even on a busy day, and you should take the time to shake off this illusion of being the body. Remember you are not what you observe in life, so be what you are, and separate yourself from what you are not, this is the goal of peaceful pauses and meditation in general.